Reed (James A) Mem WA

About this Area

For more information call
(816) 622-0900
Total Acres

The James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area is located in Jackson County, south of Highway 50, near Lee's Summit. This wildlife area was established in 1952 when Mrs. Nell Reed donated 731 acres of land to the Missouri Department of Conservation in memory of her husband, Senator James A. Reed. Additional tracts were purchased using federal monies and Department funds to bring the area to its present 3,084 acres.
Development of the area and lake construction began in 1957. Over 252 acres of water have been impounded to form 12 lakes, ranging in size from one to 42 acres. Most lakes contain largemouth bass, channel catfish, crappie, bluegill, green sunfish, redear sunfish, and bullheads. Striped bass hybrids have been stocked in several of the lakes, and rainbow trout are stocked for winter fishing only (Nov-Mar) in Coot and Plover Lakes and in Honker Pond (kids only). The area also has numerous small ponds.
Woodlands, native grass plantings, shrub plantings, and cropfields are managed to provide year-round food for wildlife. Giant Canada geese nest and winter at the Reed Area. The area also supports good numbers of deer.
This wildlife area was acquired, developed, and is managed in part through the Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration Act and the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Things to do when you visit: 
  • Field Trials
    • Special Use Permit
  • Trapping
    • Special Use Permit
  • Hunting
    • Deer,
    • Dove,
    • Squirrel,
    • Rabbit
  • Dog Training
  • Bird Watching
  • Boat Rentals
  • Camping
    • Designated Camping Sites,
    • Special Use Permit Required
  • Fishing
    • Black Bass,
    • Catfish,
    • Crappie,
    • Sunfish,
    • Trout
  • Shooting Range
    • Archery
  • Trails
    • Horseback,
    • Hiking
  • Entry PointEntry Point
  • Fishing Dock (Disabled Accessible)Fishing Dock (Disabled Accessible)
  • Fishing Jetty (Disabled Accessible)Fishing Jetty (Disabled Accessible)
  • Fishing JettyFishing Jetty
  • Managed Public WaterbodyManaged Public Waterbody
  • MDC OfficeMDC Office
  • Parking LotParking Lot
  • Picnic AreaPicnic Area
  • Picnic Area (Disabled Accessible)Picnic Area (Disabled Accessible)
  • Privy (Disabled Accessible)Privy (Disabled Accessible)
  • Archery RangeArchery Range
  • Hiking TrailHiking Trail
  • Hiking Trail (Disabled Accessible)Hiking Trail (Disabled Accessible)
  • Hike / Equestrian TrailHike / Equestrian Trail
  • BoundaryBoundary
  • MDC Road - ImprovedMDC Road - Improved

Hours of Operation

Area Hours
6:00 am- 7:00pm
Building Hours
Sunday Closed
Monday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday Closed
From Lee's Summit, take Highway 50 east 1 mile, then SE Ranson Road (Route RA) south 0.75 mile to the area entrance.
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